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Hundreds of migrants still sleeping rough in Paris region amid Covid-19

3 hours 29 min ago
Despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and lockdown measures in place in France, hundreds of migrants and asylum seekers are still sleeping rough in the Paris region. Local NGOs are providing help as best as they can. FRANCE 24's Eléonore Vanel, Armelle Caux and Nadia Massih report.

France heading for worst post-war downturn, finance minister warns

3 hours 34 min ago
France will likely see its worst post-war economic downturn this year, far surpassing the minus 2.2 percent slump seen in 2009 after the global financial crisis, its finance minister said on Monday.

France’s daily toll of coronavirus hospital deaths falls for second straight day

Sun, 05/04/2020 - 18:36
France's daily death toll from the novel coronavirus fell in the past 24 hours and admissions into intensive care also slowed, the health ministry said on Sunday, thanking citizens for largely respecting a lockdown to halt the spread of the virus.

Coronavirus: Abrupt reversals on face mask policy raise new questions

Sun, 05/04/2020 - 16:06
The French and US governments are under scrutiny for not acting quickly enough to ensure an adequate supply of facial masks after insisting for weeks that wearing them was unhelpful against the coronavirus before making a dramatic U-turn on that policy in recent days.

Coronavirus crisis throws a lifeline to Macron’s troubled presidency

Sun, 05/04/2020 - 12:09
While the coronavirus epidemic rages in France and around the world, President Emmanuel Macron’s poll ratings have jumped to a two-year high. Analysts say that, while his leadership style played badly during the Yellow Vest protests and pensions strikes, it has been an asset during the current crisis.

French healthcare workers weigh life-or-death decisions amid coronavirus shortages

Sun, 05/04/2020 - 11:42
With those worst hit by the virus facing an agonising death from asphyxia, palliative care specialists in France are struggling amid drug shortages to give victims the most humane end possible.

France marshals high-speed trains to transfer coronavirus patients

Sun, 05/04/2020 - 08:20
The high-speed train whooshing past historic World War I battle sites and through the chateau-speckled Loire Valley carries a delicate cargo: 20 critically ill COVID-19 patients and the breathing machines helping keep them alive.

France reports fewer coronavirus hospital deaths in most recent 24-hour period

Sat, 04/04/2020 - 18:04
France on Saturday reported 441 coronavirus hospital deaths in 24 hours, lower than the record number of 588 recorded the previous day.

Lifting lockdown: France looks ahead to options for easing coronavirus restrictions

Sat, 04/04/2020 - 15:10
Countries hit hard by the coronavirus are watching for a flattening of the curve to indicate the fight to tame the pandemic is gaining ground. Although France looks set to remain in lockdown for most of April and possibly longer, questions are already being raised as to how to lift a nationwide lockdown. 

Knife attack leaves two dead in French town of Romans-sur-Isère, mayor says

Sat, 04/04/2020 - 11:27
Two people were killed and four others injured in a knife attack in the southeastern French town of Romans-sur-Isère on Saturday, the mayor said.

Trump and Macron urge increased cooperation on coronavirus at the UN

Sat, 04/04/2020 - 08:43
US President Donald Trump and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron on Friday urged top-level UN talks on the coronavirus crisis, with France pushing for a focus on war zones around the world.

France's Loire Valley sees steep tourism decline amid coronavirus pandemic

Sat, 04/04/2020 - 02:33
The grounds of Chambord Castle, part of the UNESCO World Heritage site in France’s Loire Valley, are empty of visitors. Only essential staff are present to maintain the castle during the country's coronavirus lockdown. The steep drop in tourism hasn’t just hit the valley’s largest attractions: One local proprietor of holiday homes told FRANCE 24 that all of his reservations for the next month have been cancelled. Eighty percent of his lodgings were booked at this time last year. “This isn't a drop in business: it's business disappearing,” he said.

French factory adapts its ventilator for the fight against coronavirus

Fri, 03/04/2020 - 20:39
It’s all hands on deck in a factory in eastern France that typically makes a non-invasive ventilator used to treat sleep apnea. The factory’s 35 workers are now producing a version of this machine that allows coronavirus patients to be ventilated outside of intensive care units, reducing the burden on hospitals. “We are overloaded with work and we are on our feet,” one worker told FRANCE 24. “But we’re in good health, so it’s quite right that we put in the hours.” The factory’s first order was marked for Grenoble, France, with successive ones bound for Spain, Poland and Colombia.

French hospitals record deadliest day with 588 coronavirus deaths

Fri, 03/04/2020 - 18:35
French hospitals recorded their highest death toll in 24 hours with 588 new fatalities from coronavirus, the country's chief medical adviser told a press conference on Friday, as the total toll including retirement homes rose to more than 6,500.

'Not guinea pigs': Africa vaccine trial suggestion sparks uproar

Fri, 03/04/2020 - 17:37
Two prominent French doctors have triggered a storm of criticism after discussing on a television programme the idea of testing a vaccine for coronavirus in Africa. One of the doctor's employers said an edited clip of their discussion had led to "erroneous interpretations".

Special programme: Confinement, France's new normal

Fri, 03/04/2020 - 16:53
This week we're turning our attention to the Covid-19 pandemic and the lockdown which has been in place in France since March 17. This has resulted in a totally new way of life for many of us, as well as a certain amount of frustration and worry. We see how people across France have adapted to this new reality.

Confinement, week #3: Migrants, undocumented workers and a rise in child abuse

Fri, 03/04/2020 - 15:54
With France in its third week of lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, FRANCE 24 brings you four reports showing how the crisis has disrupted the lives of us all, including the most vulnerable.

Alone and vulnerable (3/3): Don't let the elderly backslide during coronavirus confinement

Fri, 03/04/2020 - 14:59
Amid the coronavirus pandemic, social workers are continuing to work with the fragile populations in their care. Nicolas Bresse runs a facility for the elderly and is concerned not only about the spread of COVID-19, but also about the effects of isolation on his residents.

The wave of solidarity in coronavirus-hit France

Fri, 03/04/2020 - 14:01
As France endures its third week of lockdown to fight the spread of COVID-19, solidarity is stepping up a gear. From home-made face masks and protective shields, to the distribution of meals to the most vulnerable, initiatives to help others are springing up throughout the country. In Paris and Normandy, our reporters Clovis Casali and Julie Dungelhoeff went to meet French people who are refusing to sit back and want to help those most affected by this unprecedented crisis.

France to re-format 2020 high school 'Bac' exam due to coronavirus

Fri, 03/04/2020 - 09:57
France will change the format of this year's high-school baccalaureate exam – popularly dubbed the 'Bac' – due to concerns over the coronavirus, said the country's Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer on Friday.